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Keeping your cat safe during fireworks season

30 October 2018
Keeping your cat safe during fireworks season

Keeping your cat safe during fireworks season

While firework displays and parties are fun for us all, our pets can often become distressed at the loud noises and lights that Bonfire Night brings. Keep your cat safe and happy with our expert advice.

Keep your cat inside

During fireworks season, you'll need to ensure your cat is safe and sound and keeping them inside is the best way to do it. Other useful things you can do to reduce your cat's stress:
1. Keep them in after dark, and provide them with a litter tray, food and water bowls and a place to hide.
2. You'll need to make sure all cat flaps, doors and windows are closed to ensure your cat doesn't escape.
3. Reduce the noise of the fireworks by playing soothing music, or keeping the curtains drawn. This will also reduce flashes of light that may spook your cat. Upstairs turn on radios and make sure all bliunds are drawn.
4. Use a pheromone plug-in diffuser in your house such as Feliway. (Ask your vet about it). This can be used to reduce anxiety and create a calming atmosphere. Start using it a couple of weeks before fireworks season starts and place it in the room when your cat spends most of its time
5. Remember - try not to reinforce fearful behaviour by overly comforting a cat that looks anxious. Keep calm yourself and ensure your cat has a safe space to hide

If you know your cat is fearful of fireworks, speak to a vet or qualified behaviourist prior to the start of firework season so you can put an actionable plan in place. Your cat doesn't need to be stressed.

You can find out more information online at cats.org.uk